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Reading 1

Acts chapter 19

(Act 19:11) And God wrought special miracles by the hands of Paul:

(Act 19:12) insomuch that unto the sick were carried away from his body handkerchiefs or aprons, and the evil spirits went out.

(Act 19:13) But certain also of the strolling Jews, exorcists, took upon them to name over them that had the evil spirits the name of the Lord Jesus, saying, I adjure you by Jesus whom Paul preacheth.

(Act 19:14) And there were seven sons of one Sceva, a Jew, a chief priest, who did this.

(Act 19:15) And the evil spirit answered and said unto them, Jesus I know, and Paul I know, but who are ye?

(Act 19:16) And the man in whom the evil spirit was leaped on them, and mastered both of them, and prevailed against them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded.

(Act 19:17) And this became known to all, both Jews and Greeks, that dwelt at Ephesus; and fear fell upon them all, and the name of the Lord Jesus was magnified.

(Act 19:18) Many also of them that had believed came, confessing, and declaring their deeds.

(Act 19:19) And not a few of them that practised magical arts brought their books together and burned them in the sight of all; and they counted the price of them, and found it fifty thousand pieces of silver.

(Act 19:20) So mightily grew the word of the Lord and prevailed.

(Act 19:21) Now after these things were ended, Paul purposed in the spirit, when he had passed through Macedonia and Achaia, to go to Jerusalem, saying, After I have been there, I must also see Rome.

(Act 19:22) And having sent into Macedonia two of them that ministered unto him, Timothy and Erastus, he himself stayed in Asia for a while.

(Act 19:23) And about that time there arose no small stir concerning the Way.

(Act 19:24) For a certain man named Demetrius, a silversmith, who made silver shrines of Diana, brought no little business unto the craftsmen;

(Act 19:25) whom he gathered together, with the workmen of like occupation, and said, Sirs, ye know that by this business we have our wealth.

(Act 19:26) And ye see and hear, that not alone at Ephesus, but almost throughout all Asia, this Paul hath persuaded and turned away much people, saying that they are no gods, that are made with hands:

(Act 19:27) and not only is there danger that this our trade come into disrepute; but also that the temple of the great goddess Diana be made of no account, and that she should even be deposed from her magnificence whom all Asia and the world worshippeth.

(Act 19:28) And when they heard this they were filled with wrath, and cried out, saying, Great is Diana of the Ephesus.

(Act 19:29) And the city was filled with the confusion: and they rushed with one accord into the theatre, having seized Gaius and Aristarchus, men of Macedonia, Paul`s companions in travel.

(Act 19:30) And when Paul was minded to enter in unto the people, the disciples suffered him not.

(Act 19:31) And certain also of the Asiarchs, being his friends, sent unto him and besought him not to adventure himself into the theatre.

(Act 19:32) Some therefore cried one thing, and some another: for the assembly was in confusion; and the more part knew not wherefore they were come together.

(Act 19:33) And they brought Alexander out of the multitude, the Jews putting him forward. And Alexander beckoned with the hand, and would have made a defense unto the people.

(Act 19:34) But when they perceived that he was a Jew, all with one voice about the space of two hours cried out, Great is Diana of the Ephesians.

(Act 19:35) And when the townclerk had quieted the multitude, he saith, Ye men of Ephesus, what man is there who knoweth not that the city of the Ephesians is temple-keeper of the great Diana, and of the [image] which fell down from Jupiter?

(Act 19:36) Seeing then that these things cannot be gainsaid, ye ought to be quiet, and to do nothing rash.

(Act 19:37) For ye have brought [hither] these men, who are neither robbers of temples nor blasphemers of our goddess.

(Act 19:38) If therefore Demetrius, and the craftsmen that are with him, have a matter against any man, the courts are open, and there are proconsuls: let them accuse one another.

(Act 19:39) But if ye seek anything about other matters, it shall be settled in the regular assembly.

(Act 19:40) For indeed we are in danger to be accused concerning this day`s riot, there being no cause [for it]: and as touching it we shall not be able to give account of this concourse.

(Act 19:41) And when he had thus spoken, he dismissed the assembly.

Reading 2

Acts chapter 20

(Act 20:1) And after the uproar ceased, Paul having sent for the disciples and exhorted them, took leave of them, and departed to go into Macedonia.

Reading 3

2 Corinthians chapter 1

(2Co 1:1) Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus through the will of God, and Timothy our brother, unto the church of God which is at Corinth, with all the saints that are in the whole of Achaia:

(2Co 1:2) Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

(2Co 1:3) Blessed [be] the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort;

(2Co 1:4) who comforteth us in all our affliction, that we may be able to comfort them that are in any affliction, through the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.

(2Co 1:5) For as the sufferings of Christ abound unto us, even so our comfort also aboundeth through Christ.

(2Co 1:6) But whether we are afflicted, it is for your comfort and salvation; or whether we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which worketh in the patient enduring of the same sufferings which we also suffer:

(2Co 1:7) and our hope for you is stedfast; knowing that, as ye are partakers of the sufferings, so also are ye of the comfort.

(2Co 1:8) For we would not have you ignorant, brethren, concerning our affliction which befell [us] in Asia, that we were weighed down exceedingly, beyond our power, insomuch that we despaired even of life:

(2Co 1:9) yea, we ourselves have had the sentence of death within ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves, but in God who raiseth the dead:

(2Co 1:10) who delivered us out of so great a death, and will deliver: on whom we have set our hope that he will also still deliver us;

(2Co 1:11) ye also helping together on our behalf by your supplication; that, for the gift bestowed upon us by means of many, thanks may be given by many persons on our behalf.

(2Co 1:12) For our glorifying is this, the testimony of our conscience, that in holiness and sincerity of God, not in fleshly wisdom but in the grace of God, we behaved ourselves in the world, and more abundantly to you-ward.

(2Co 1:13) For we write no other things unto you, than what ye read or even acknowledge, and I hope ye will acknowledge unto the end:

(2Co 1:14) as also ye did acknowledge us in part, that we are your glorying, even as ye also are ours, in the day of our Lord Jesus.

(2Co 1:15) And in this confidence I was minded to come first unto you, that ye might have a second benefit;

(2Co 1:16) and by you to pass into Macedonia, and again from Macedonia to come unto you, and of you to be set forward on my journey unto Judaea.

(2Co 1:17) When I therefore was thus minded, did I show fickleness? or the things that I purpose, do I purpose according to the flesh, that with me there should be the yea yea and the nay nay?

(2Co 1:18) But as God is faithful, our word toward you is not yea and nay.

(2Co 1:19) For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was preached among you by us, [even] by me and Silvanus and Timothy, was not yea and nay, but in him is yea.

(2Co 1:20) For how many soever be the promises of God, in him is the yea: wherefore also through him is the Amen, unto the glory of God through us.

(2Co 1:21) Now he that establisheth us with you in Christ, and anointed us, is God;

(2Co 1:22) who also sealed us, and gave [us] the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts.

(2Co 1:23) But I call God for a witness upon my soul, that to spare you I forbare to come unto Corinth.

(2Co 1:24) Not that we have lordship over your faith, but are helpers of your joy: for in faith ye stand fast.

Reading 4

2 Corinthians chapter 2

(2Co 2:1) But I determined this for myself, that I would not come again to you with sorrow.

(2Co 2:2) For if I make you sorry, who then is he that maketh me glad but he that is made sorry by me?

(2Co 2:3) And I wrote this very thing, lest, when I came, I should have sorrow from them of whom I ought to rejoice; having confidence in you all, that my joy is [the joy] of you all.

(2Co 2:4) For out of much affliction and anguish of heart I wrote unto you with many tears; not that ye should be made sorry, but that ye might know the love that I have more abundantly unto you.

(2Co 2:5) But if any hath caused sorrow, he hath caused sorrow, not to me, but in part (that I press not too heavily) to you all.

(2Co 2:6) Sufficient to such a one is this punishment which was [inflicted] by the many;

(2Co 2:7) so that contrariwise ye should rather forgive him and comfort him, lest by any means such a one should be swallowed up with his overmuch sorrow.

(2Co 2:8) Wherefore I beseech you to confirm [your] love toward him.

(2Co 2:9) For to this end also did I write, that I might know the proof of you, whether ye are obedient in all things.

(2Co 2:10) But to whom ye forgive anything, I [forgive] also: for what I also have forgiven, if I have forgiven anything, for your sakes [have I forgiven it] in the presence of Christ;

(2Co 2:11) that no advantage may be gained over us by Satan: for we are not ignorant of his devices.

(2Co 2:12) Now when I came to Troas for the gospel of Christ, and when a door was opened unto me in the Lord,

(2Co 2:13) I had no relief for my spirit, because I found not Titus my brother: but taking my leave of them, I went forth into Macedonia.

(2Co 2:14) But thanks be unto God, who always leadeth us in triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest through us the savor of his knowledge in every place.

(2Co 2:15) For we are a sweet savor of Christ unto God, in them that are saved, and in them that perish;

(2Co 2:16) to the one a savor from death unto death; to the other a savor from life unto life. And who is sufficient for these things?

(2Co 2:17) For we are not as the many, corrupting the word of God: but as of sincerity, but as of God, in the sight of God, speak we in Christ.

Reading 5

2 Corinthians chapter 3

(2Co 3:1) Are we beginning again to commend ourselves? or need we, as do some, epistles of commendation to you or from you?

(2Co 3:2) Ye are our epistle, written in our hearts, known and read of all men;

(2Co 3:3) being made manifest that ye are an epistle of Christ, ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in tables [that are] hearts of flesh.

(2Co 3:4) And such confidence have we through Christ to God-ward:

(2Co 3:5) not that we are sufficient of ourselves, to account anything as from ourselves; but our sufficiency is from God;

(2Co 3:6) who also made us sufficient as ministers of a new covenant; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life.

(2Co 3:7) But if the ministration of death, written, [and] engraven on stones, came with glory, so that the children of Israel could not look stedfastly upon the face of Moses for the glory of his face; which [glory] was passing away:

(2Co 3:8) how shall not rather the ministration of the spirit be with glory?

(2Co 3:9) For if the ministration of condemnation hath glory, much rather doth the ministration of righteousness exceed in glory.

(2Co 3:10) For verily that which hath been made glorious hath not been made glorious in this respect, by reason of the glory that surpasseth.

(2Co 3:11) For if that which passeth away [was] with glory, much more that which remaineth [is] in glory.

(2Co 3:12) Having therefore such a hope, we use great boldness of speech,

(2Co 3:13) and [are] not as Moses, [who] put a veil upon his face, that the children of Israel should not look stedfastly on the end of that which was passing away:

(2Co 3:14) but their minds were hardened: for until this very day at the reading of the old covenant the same veil remaineth, it not being revealed [to them] that it is done away in Christ.

(2Co 3:15) But unto this day, whensoever Moses is read, a veil lieth upon their heart.

(2Co 3:16) But whensoever it shall turn to the Lord, the veil is taken away.

(2Co 3:17) Now the Lord is the Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, [there] is liberty.

(2Co 3:18) But we all, with unveiled face beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are transformed into the same image from glory to glory, even as from the Lord the Spirit.